Historic bomber base set to take off

Bruton Knowles is selling an historic World War II airfield on behalf of the Defence Estates.

RAF Chelveston near Caldecott on the Northants/Beds border was used by the B17 Flying Fortresses of the
US Eighth Air Force’s 305th Bombardment Group, which participated in some heroic bombing raids across Europe between 1942 and 1945.

These included attacks on industrial targets in Paris, Berlin and Norway and later tactical sites before the allied invasion on D-Day. In total, 337 B17 missions were flown from Chelveston.

Agent Matthew Peters, who is handling the sale for Bruton Knowles, said little now remained of the base’s infrastructure apart from some concrete hard standing and a few bunkers and buildings.

Rented to a local grazier since it was decommissioned, Mr Peters said the 758-acre site, which he has guided at about £1500/acre, might appeal to livestock farmers who could apply for planning consent to construct an agriculturally tied dwelling. But no single farm payment entitlements will be transferred with the sale, he added.

The land’s location could also make it suitable for a number of commercial enterprises, said Mr Peters. “It is the back of beyond. It would make an ideal wind farm.”